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PRESENTS: Qais Ashfaq joined Sarah’s appeal this year and hopes to build on the success of last year’s initiative

PRESENTS: Qais Ashfaq joined Sarah’s appeal this year and hopes to build on the success of last year’s initiative

Scrumptious gifts to be delivered at Christmas

A pair of generous fundraisers are aiming to bring a smile to the faces of children in local hospitals by giving them a sweet treat this Christmas.

Sarah Royal, from Idle, Bradford, and Qais Ashfaq, from Leeds, are currently collecting selection boxes for the children’s ward at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Following a similar campaign held at the end of 2013 by Sarah and her friends, the 25-year-old decided to take on the challenge once again this year in the hope of spreading the gift-giving spirit.

GIVING: Sarah Royal will be continuing the appeal for a second year as she aims to bring selection boxes to children in hospital this Christmas

GIVING: Sarah Royal will be continuing the appeal for a second year as she aims to bring selection boxes to children in hospital this Christmas

Asking for donations of a selection box, or cash to purchase the products, before the 19th December ‘delivery day’, the collection continues to gain momentum in the build up to the holidays.

And this year, Sarah is joined in the appeal by her friend, and Commonwealth Silver medallist, Qais Ashfaq.

“I saw Sarah was doing the campaign again this year and I was really interested in helping in whatever way I could,” Qais said about the project.

“In our first week, we had around £150 donated to the appeal which will all be put towards selection boxes for children in the Bradford Royal Infirmary.”

Qais added that the initial response has been much better than he could have anticipated but urged people to continue giving.

“When I put it on my Twitter feed that Sarah and I were doing this, we got a great response with people immediately saying they wanted to donate and get involved,” he added.

“Our initial target was just to bring the gifts to one hospital but hopefully if the donations keep coming in we could even provide the selection boxes to more hospitals.

“Last year, Sarah and her friends also donated whatever extra funds they had left after buying the boxes to charity so every penny is put towards a good cause.”

If you would like to donate a selection box, or just a couple of pounds for the purchase of one, please contact either Sarah Royal on sarahroyal_8@hotmail.com, or Qais Ashfaq via qais_ashfaq@hotmail.co.uk

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